Municipal Governments and communities want to influence strategic decisions regarding local forest lands.
The 2008 Reversing the Tide conference in Prince George identified that best practices across North America in rural development and economic revitalization requires active involvement of communities in designing solutions to their issues.
BC communities have identified through 2016 UBCM AGM resolutions to Government they want to have more influence in forest and land use decision-making.
Municipal Governments and communities can influence strategic decisions regarding local forest lands by capitalizing on the critical need for corporations and politicians to demonstrate they have the social license for their actions related to forest resources. This involves more than Municipal Governments reacting to Government or industry proposed plans. It is being proactive and identifying what they want from their local forests. Achieving this overall goal requires arming communities and concerned citizens with information regarding the mechanisms and actions currently available to them to influence decisions. This is a primary reason why HFHC are focused on building forestry knowledge and understanding within communities.
A framework for a new Governance model-a conceptual framework is provided for consideration of local governments and First Nations who wish to take a leadership role in this regard.
Some examples of communities taking action on increasing their influence on strategic forest management decision-making are:
- District of Clearwater where a Forestry Working Group has been formed to provide advice to local Government regarding forestry issues related to community economic development.
- Strathcona Regional District where they have identified a vision and goals for the forests within their area.
- Omineca Beetle Action Coalition where they have identified a vision and goals to inform Government regarding what they want from their local forests
- Northern Rockies Regional Municipality where they have identified a vision, goals and strategic action plan to guide the rejuvenation of their local forest sector.
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